Part I: Foundations.
1. Morality for persons.
Contemporary Concept of Person.
Traditional Concept of Person.
Survival of Traditional Morality.
2. Life, Health, Ethics and The Bible.
Biblical Interpretations and Bioethics.
Life, Health, Sickness and Death: Old Testament.
Life and Healing: New Testament.
Lilfe After Death in the Bible.
Relevance of the Bible for Health Ethics.
3. Ethical Principles for Health Care.
Christian Vision of Human Dignity.
Respect for Human Life.
Duty of Reasonable Care of Health and Life.
Doing Good and Permitting Harm.
Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals.
Christian and Secular Ethicists in a Democracy.
Part II: Ethical Issues.
4. Human Embryo.
Beginning of the Embryo.
Research and Clinical Use of Embryos.
Respect for the Embryo.
Ethical Evaluation of the Use of Embryos in Research and Clinical Practice.
5. The Pregnant Woman and Her Fetus.
Support for Pregnant Women.
Embryonic and Fetal Mortality and Morbidity.
Long-term Sequelae of Abortion.
Fetus with Anencephaly.
Ethical Evaluation of Issues During Pregnancy.
6. Infertility and Artificial Reproductive Technology.
Assisted Reproductive Technology and Ethics.
7. Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis.
Prevalence of Fetal Congenital Malformations.
Pregnant Women's Anxieties.
Ethical Evaluation of Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis.
8. The Fetus.
Use of Fetal Tissue.
Care of the Fetus and Ethics.
Low Birthweight Babies.
Delivery for HIV Infected Pregnant Women.
Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Newborns.
"...there are many useful insights and The Prenatal Person is helped by attention to detail in medical matters." The Tablet
- Addresses the ethical questions which have arisen in response to new reproductive technologies.
- Helps students of theology, philosophy and health studies, as well as lay readers tackle these issues.
- Provides readers with relevant medical and scientific facts.
- Explains how different metaphysical frameworks affect the ways in which people solve these ethical problems.
- Topics covered include human embryo and embryonic cell stem research, infertility and its treatments, and prenatal screening and diagnosis.
- The author takes a balanced approach, acknowledging his loyalty to Catholicism, yet exploring freely the new options provided by advancing biological science.